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Solihull is hit by flash floods

MANY streets in Solihull became submerged in water this week after a series of heavy thunder storms swept the borough.

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MANY streets in Solihull became submerged in water this week after a series of heavy thunder storms swept the borough.

Some residents found themselves trapped inside their homes while cars struggled to drive along the flooded roads, following the torrential downpour on Thursday (today).

The junction of Warwick Road and Broad Oaks Road in Solihull is just one area of the borough to be affected.

Resident Alex Watt could not leave his home after returning for a lunch break. He said: I have lived on this road for over 23 years and have never known it to flood like this. The drain on the corner of the junction is however prone to flooding on occasion but never like this.

All thats missing is a dinghy or a rubber duck.

Solihull Council provided homes in Silhill Hall Road with sand bags as water cascaded down residents driveways.

Resident Jean Evans said: I have never known it this bad. When water started coming down the drive, we got very concerned because it has never come this close to the house before.

I have to say though, I was very impressed with the way Solihull Council handled the situation, they were extremely efficient.

The Environment Agency is urging borough residents to be prepared and keep up to date with met office weather warnings.

A spokesman said: The fast moving heavy rain going over the region is already causing surface water flooding and could cause rivers to rise rapidly. We are putting out flood alerts and in places there may be flood warnings. Were working closely with professional partners.

This weeks storms will also add to the concerns of Aqueduct Road residents, who are opposing plans to build hundreds of homes on the flood prone site.

 

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